Earlier in the year Fox Racing launched their flagship MTB enduro helmet, the Speedframe Pro and Pete has been seeing if Fox have got the recipe right.
In the Speedframe Pro, Fox Racing have certainly ticked all the boxes when it comes to an MTB enduro helmet, but do they all come together well? Pete has been putting the Speedframe Pro through its paces to find out.
Since the Speedframe Pro arrived just before the World went mad, it has successfully displaced my previous favourite head protector, that being the Sweet Protection Bushwhacker II.
I’ll go ahead and mention that I have a large, square head, and as such, the fit of the Fox lid suits me and therefore might not do the job for everyone, especially with only three sizes available.
That said, at a whole fifty pounds cheaper than the Bushwhacker II, there’s an awful lot going for the the Speedframe Pro at this point. Yes there are cheaper helmets out there, but I am all for protecting my head.
At 390g for the size medium, the Speedframe is in the ballpark for modern MTB enduro open face lids. A dual density EPS liner, in-mould construction and some hefty amount of vents help get the weight to where it is. Add the second generation MIPS to the equation and that’s your ingredient list.
The tool-less, three-position visor helps you get it just right if you want to mount your goggles on your helmet or just keep the sun out of your eyes.
All these add up to an impressive equipment list in a package that doesn’t break the bank or the scales.
On the trail
I haven’t actually had to ‘properly’ test the Speedframe Pro I am pleased to say. Lockdown has been keeping my rides on the steady side for the test period but that has highlighted what the Speedframe Pro does very well indeed.
Other than the prominent brow portion of the helmet which can enter your peripheral, I soon found myself forgetting I was wearing it. The closure dial seems more rugged than that on the Bushwhacker which I have now broken two of, plus the cradle sits lower on the skull, meaning you don’t need to rack it up so tight to keep it snug.
The Fidlok system isn’t new, but it’s a simple, straightforward addition that makes the helmet easy to fit and remove.
Arguably the best feature of the Speedframe is the brow ports specifically but the overall ventilation too. I have yet to even come close to having a sweaty head in this helmet, or have the dreaded sweat in the eyes, even with the temperature pushing into the low twenties.
What do we think?
Overall, the Fox Speedframe Pro has become the standard by which I’ll likely judge other helmets by, it’s really very good indeed. You don’t look like a Stormtrooper while wearing it too.
The price isn’t anything daft either.
Could do better:
XS and XL size options
Check out the Fox Speedframe Pro and the rest of the Fox helmet range on their website here.